Nearly a third of young carers in secondary schools are missing lessons or experiencing educational difficulties according to research commissioned by the Department for Education
In those looking after a relative with drug or alcohol problems, the figure rises to 40 per cent
Nearly 70 per cent of young carers say they are bullied and feel isolated at school
Attendance was found to be an issue for 20 per cent of all young carers, who had a typical attendance rate of 64 per cent before they began to receive support
With support, attendance increased to 81 per cent
A fifth of families engaging with young carer support services were referred for help by schools.